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Report: Denver TSA agent scammed to grope men's genitals

Two TSA screeners at Denver International Airport have been fired for manipulating screening procedures so one screener could fondle male passengers he found attractive
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DENVER - In a manifestation of the some of the worst suspicions of air travelers, two Denver-based Transportation Security Administration screeners were fired for setting up a system that allowed one of them to grope men's genitals, according to a CBS Denver investigation.

Their system let the male employee "grope" the crotch area of male passengers thought to be attractive almost a dozen times, CBS Denver learned.

A law enforcement report on the scandal states: "He related that when a male he finds attractive comes to be screened by the scanning machine he will alert another TSA screener to indicate to the scanning computer that the party being screened is a female. When the screener does this, the scanning machine will indicate an anomaly in the genital area and this allows (the male TSA screener) to conduct a pat-down search of that area."

Although the TSA learned of the accusation on Nov. 18, 2014, via an anonymous tip from one of the agency's own employees, reports show that it would be nearly three months before anything was done.

On Feb. 9, a TSA security supervisor witnessed the process, and caught the duo red-handed, CBS Denver reports.

None of the passengers who were fondled are believed to have submitted complaints.

A spokesperson for TSA released a brief written statement to CBS Denver stating: "These alleged acts are egregious and intolerable. TSA has removed the two officers from the agency. All allegations of misconduct are thoroughly investigated by the agency. And when substantiated, employees are held accountable."

The agency has not released the names of the two fired employees and refused a CBS Denver request for an interview.

To read the full investigation, including an account of exactly how their system worked, visit CBS Denver.

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